10 months in 25% new French Oak
2013 Los Carneros Pinot Noir
Our Los Carneros Pinot Noir opens with inviting aromas of cherry, vanilla, tobacco, red guava, and pomegranate. Dark fruit flavors of raspberry, cranberry, blackcurrant, and more cherry are joined by hints of pepper, spice and wet earth on the palate. Well-rounded, with great structure and balance of acidity and fruit, this is an elegant wine which can be enjoyed now and for years to come.
The 2013 growing season proved to be an excellent year in Napa Valley. It was slightly warmer than 2012, resulting in an overall earlier growing season. Lower than normal rainfall paired with moderate spring weather brought early bud break and bloom. Sunny skies throughout the summer months led to early veraison and harvest. Warm daytime temperatures followed by cool nights prior to harvest produced evenly ripened fruit with ideal hang time.
This might just be the deepest colored Pinot Noir we have ever seen. Ten months of oak aging with 20 days of contact with the skin provided an impressively full body and mouthfeel.
Food Pairing Notes
The depth and richness of this Pinot Noir pairs perfectly with rich cassoulet and duck confit with a side of roasted potatoes. Lamb stew would be a great compliment on a cold night.